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Lake Chelan Fishing Report For November 4th, 2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service


    The weather is getting colder but our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan continues hot.  Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Roses Lake.   The fall planting of rainbow trout into Roses Lake has created some great“small water” action.  The odd Channel Cat is a bonus. 


    We troll for the mostly eating sized Lakers on Chelan from 195 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.  These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp.  This in turn makes the meat especially delectable.  While we find those mysids in our Lakers all year, this late fall / early winter time really concentrates that feed in the lower basin to fatten up our fish. 


    Rainbow trout on Roses Lake can be caught by a variety of methods.  Catch them from  the shore with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait.  Use a chunk of your Pikeminnow on a slip sinker rig to see if there are any big Channel Cats in the area. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is to test the “living fire” out of your leaders before fishing them.  You should be especially vigilant to do this when you re-tie a leader, after you catch a fish and when you have dragged your line on a bottom.  You spend a lot and work a lot to get that nice fish on the line.  Having a knot slip or a frayed leader break is an unnecessary hazard.  I run fine leaders through my lips to search for frays my old eyes can’t see.  


    The kid’s tip of the week is to listen to them.  Just a few minutes of asking a couple of open ended questions and actively listening to your kid or grandkid is a real relationship builder.  It can be hard to put all the distractions aside and listen, but I think it is worth the time and effort. 


    Your safety tip of the week is actually not a safety tip.  Take moment and reflect on the freedoms and lifestyle that you enjoy.  Then thank a Veteran for their service that has preserved those things for you and your family.


10-31-15:  Lawrence Nyugen of Lynnwood and family with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.


11-3-15: The intrepid Pepe' Hernandez with his wife Tevi and their grandson's (Xavier and Isaac) with their limits of Roses Rainbows and Jeff's Channel Cat.


11-3-15:  Jeff with his Kitty (5#). 



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